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Pondok Ayu
Ranked #8 of 76 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Amazing stay - highly recommended”
Reviewed January 22, 2012

My partner and I stayed here at the beginning of Janurary and could not be happier with the experience we had. The room was fabulous. More an apartment than a room given the size. It was perfect. The staff were friendly and hospitable and accomodated our every need. The locations is approximately 5 mins walk to town, and 10 mins to the beach. And this short distance allows the hotel to be away from all the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas. So you get a beautiful place to relax whilst being close enough to enjoy the delicious resturants and entertaining nightlife of Sanur. Fabulous! We walked through a number of the larger more flashy resorts in Sanur whilst we were there, and agreed they had nothing on Ponduk Ayu!

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We stayed for four days in Pondok Ayu in January. Everything people have written about this place is true. Gede and his team have created a really welcoming, hospitable, environment.
Breakfasts were great, and meeting fellow travellers, and getting top tips, was a real bonus.

Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. This may not be a fancy hotel, but those kind of places can feel really impersonal. This is the opposite: a small scale, personalised, warm, Balinese home from home.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We stayed there late December including New Years Eve. A compact area of 5 units with a decent size swimming pool in the middle. We were made to feel very welcome in fact the staff bent over backwards to try and accommodate your every wish. Situated out of the main beach area of Sanur but not too far that we didn't walk everywhere during our stay. A shuttle service is provided but we elected not to take up in favour of walking. Food was excellent. The banana pancakes are devine as were the Nasi Goring that we ordered on several occasions. It really served the purpose of a place to relax and unwind in mostly quite surroundings. Exception was New Years Eve - have never experienced anything like it as far as amount of fireworks that exploded on the night both all around us and in the driveway to the accommodation. Incredible. So were the Balinese Massages provided on the premises & very cheap (AUD equivalent of $7 a time). I like my massages and these were right up there in all aspects.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We stayed at Pondok Ayu for family holiday last December. Had a really great time. Pak Gede picked us at the airport. The suite was very nice with a big sunken bathtub and a living room. The pool was right at our door step. All the staff were very friendly, made us fell like we were in our own home. Breakfast was good, do try their banana pancake, yummy. Plus point, Pak Gede or Pak Nengah will drop you anywhere in Sanur area for lunch, dinner or shopping. We will surely come back to Pondok Ayu. Keep up the great work guys! Thank you.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed December 5, 2011

Arrived in Bali on the 21st Nov 2011 and stayed at Ponduk Ayu for 4 nights with a friend.
We had arranged to be met by their driver/manager Gede, he was stood there smiling as we walked out of the terminal. Transfer time was about 30 minutes but is dependant on traffic.
On arrival, walking through the gate, this really is as impressive as the pictures shown by other reviewers.
Our two rooms were on the first floor, looking over the pool area. Rooms are large, (if anybody wonders, and I know they do - I reckon about 36 sq metres), nicely furnished and spotlessly clean. There is a fridge, Sat TV, tea/coffee facilities and lockable drawer for valuables. WiFi is available, though we didn't use it, so I can't comment on its performance.
The bed is large and comfy with fresh smelling sheets. They do a turn down on an evening as well which is a nice touch.
Location - it is at the end of a narrow street with no passing traffic, so it is quiet. It is probably a ten minute walk to the restaurants and bars, though we always took advantage of the free drop off.
Staff are helpful and friendly and always smiling.
We hired Gede for the three days we were there for trips out, he can suggest ideas and sights and has no hidden agenda such as taking you to the local tourist/junk shop. All three days out were great, with no problems. You can use the driver for free drop offs and pick ups in Sanur as well.
All in all, a perfect short stay in Bali at Pondok Ayu, with hindsight, a few more days would have been nice to see a bit more.
Would I stay here again, yes, I wouldn't even bother shopping around looking for somewhere else to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

This was my sixth trip to Bali and my husband's first. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pondok Ayu in the suite. The complex was tucked away in the back streets of Sanur ... but what lay beyond those brown gates was a little oasis. Staff extremely friendly, pool 2 steps from our front door... just lovely.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Melborne
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

Stayed for 2 nights in nov very impressed with the service ,clean rooms ,good breakfast, airport pickup. in quite back street only short walk to eaterys and beach front. downside was only 1 english channel on the tv. great value for the price would stay again

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pondok Ayu
Address: Jl. Sekuta Pudak no. 3, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Sanur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pondok Ayu is a little piece of heaven located in beautiful Sanur, Bali. We are a small boutique hotel that provides very personalised service by our wonderful friendly staff. Winning Trip Advisor travellers' choice awards for 5 (2011-2016) consecutive years and the honour of being in their hall of fame, also a second best budget hotel in all of Asia makes Pondok Ayu Sanur Bali a perfect place for your next holiday. Pondok Ayu can be booked on a room by room basis or you can book the entire hotel for a group or family holiday, this can be done directly with us or through a travel agent. We are surrounded by splendid gardens and a wonderful peaceful setting. As we fell in love with Bali many years ago I am sure you will do the same thing with Pondok Ayu and the atmosphere here. Sanur is in a very good position as it is at the start to most of your tours and central to Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua and Denpasar. ... more   less 
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